We are tax exempt

ADDIS Foundation for Community Health is a tax exempt 501 (c) 3 organization and you can claim you donation with IRS.

We value transparency and seek to follow nonprofit best practices. That means more than 80% of our annual budget is dedicated to our programs. As our organization grows, we anticipate that an even larger percentage of our budget will be dedicated to our programs.

Please help us reach our 2022 budget of 15,000 so that we can make a difference in the lives of blind people across Ethiopia!

For any specific questions, suggestion, and to learn more about how to become involved in our program, contact Debrework Damte at

Board of Directors


  • Debrework Damte, Founder and President

  • Judy Sanders, Vice President

  • Lydia Damte, Public Relations

  • Selam Yosef, Accounting

Member Directors:

  • Dijana Butler

  • Zeyaba Adam

Members of the Development Committee:

  • Leah Damte

  • Addey Mulugeta

  • Sara Gugsa

Former Directors:

  • Andinet Tefera

  • Befekadu Byleliegn

  • Ifrah Elme

Annual Report (September 1st 2019-August 31st, 2020)

ADDIS Foundation for Community Health aims to ensure education for blind children and adults and prevent avoidable blindness in Ethiopia. This year, ADDIS Foundation for Community Health has reached a significant milestone that is filled with substantial accomplishments in administration, fundraising, and program areas.

Program Report

*Through our white cane distribution program, 50 blind individuals received guide canes. The recipients were extremely grateful and supper exited for the cane helps them maintain their independence walk safely and freely. Some of the feedback from the recipients are: aynachine endetmeleseln yahel new/You gave me my eyes back, “ኣይናችንን መለሽልን"Aynachined melshelin, you gave me my one eye back/ ኣንድ ኣይናን መልሽልኝ/ and aynenen meleshiln/, the canes must be God sent/ ዪህ ዱላ ከግዚኣብሃር የመጣ ነው/ yhi dula keigziabher ye meta new/, ኣመሰግናለሁ/ amesginalehu, thank you for the canes, we also have more needs/dulaw tirunew, bizuneger yasfeligenal.)

*Distributed braille instructional materials (slates and stylus, abacus, etc.) to 40 students.

*In effort to mitigate Covid-19 complications, over 30 blind individuals received temporary shelter, meals, masks, and personal hygiene products.

*Through our blindness prevention program, we reached the Queen Zewditu Memorial Hospital-

* Medical supplies

*Financial support to cover the cost of a year supply of Vitamin A supplements for 25 patients

  • *Through our connection with an international organization in the US, the Baro-Gambella and Nordic Colleges got free access to varieties of Evidence-Based nursing and health care curriculum.

Program Report for the period of September 1st 2020-December 31st 2020